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201  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: CRYPTO ARTIST sharing and exploring with Bitcointalk on: June 16, 2018, 06:39:14 PM
Lutpin: The thread was moved here by a mod probably, I just noticed it two days ago. I was thinking of having it in the collectibles from the beginning, so maybe I'll reconsider that option again.

I just sent Antonopoulos a request on his page making a short summary of my goals and giving him a link here. I would really like to make contact with him and get his idea on how I could put my work to the best possible effort. I also want to start working on larger pieces (I feel at home in sizes over 2 meters or 7 feet) visualizing the technologies, that are vital in this time and context. If anyone here can hook me up with Andreas it'll really help me out.

Also, I haven't settled on the title for the Antonopoulos piece yet. I'm thinking on the lines of "The Bitcoin Prophet", "Avatar of Progress" or "Egging on the Future" (because of the in your face motif lol).

Any ideas?
202  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: CRYPTO ARTIST sharing and exploring with Bitcointalk on: June 14, 2018, 04:37:32 PM
Today, I'm presenting a piece completed in a completely new direction.

I chose Andreas Antonopoulos as an avatar of proactive advocation primarily for Bitcoin but also for the crypto world in the broader sense. I got a tip from my friend to use a vintage sci-fi illustration for the background and a 2018-feel shirt to make the image captivating, meaningful and nostalgic in old hope for a better technological future.

Again I managed to use real gold in the egg pattern (depicting yolk), which conotates coins, especially when viewed from an angle as seen below.

This is the first place me and the Sha256art gallery are presenting this, as I insisted to have it exclusive here. It will hopefully be presented to Andreas and later be put on Bitify for grabs. If you are interested in it, let me know via PM. The price for this one will be 0.5 BTC. Technique is Acrylics and golden leafs on canvas, size with frame is 65x55cm or 25,6x21,6".

Hope you like it, tips and critique are welcome as always, cheers.  

203  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Top 5 examples of BTC adoption on: June 11, 2018, 03:37:16 PM
My mate offered 1/10 of btc on printouts half as a joke a couple of years ago. I thought so lightly of bitcoin then I didn't even take it, or if I did I lost it. It's a good idea though, it gets more people involved.
204  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Top 5 examples of BTC adoption on: June 09, 2018, 10:47:50 AM
I'm checking it out and so far I can kinda see the direction this is taking. Since I'm a painter and not a programmer, it takes a while longer (with several conversations with my mates) for me to really get a grasp on these things. But it's really exciting and promising.
205  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Top 5 examples of BTC adoption on: June 08, 2018, 02:03:16 PM
I like your work, and I merited your OP in the artwork thread.

Here are some of the challenges to cryptocurrency mass adoption, and it's definitely true of Bitcoin.

1. Wallets require a certain amount of work to run and to keep secure, which is a turnoff to someone completely new getting involved. Just one example, I recently downloaded and installed the Electrum wallet on my desktop. Within two weeks of me doing that, I learned that there was a major security flaw in that particular version of Electrum and I needed to update the wallet. I don't actually stay in Bitcoin--I'm usually only passing through when I do have Bitcoin so 3rd party services and wallets work best for me--so I still need to update my Electrum wallet. My point is that after doing some work to get a desktop wallet in the first place, within a few weeks I'm back to square one because there's something wrong with the wallet and I can't use it until I update it. Most people do not have time for that. Imagine if you had to take your physical cash wallet into the shop once a month just so you could use it.

2. Online wallets can really help mitigate the above issues, but are they safe, secure, and trustworthy? Maybe they are; maybe they aren't. You have to spend as much time in due diligence on the particular 3rd party service you want to use as you would have to in setting up (and then updating and updating) your desktop wallet. And even after all that research you sill might lose your funds because suddenly your service gets "hacked" and all the coins are gone.

3. Can the cryptocurrency really scale up? That was a huge issue with Bitcoin last year and it may still be an issue. The Lightning Network is supposed to solve that, but it also takes transactions off chain, so there might be issues with that. Other coins seem to have figured out the scaling issue so on that point, it's likely Bitcoin will eventually be replaced by something else.

4. Tie in with current financial structures is not easy. Many of us who do trade back and forth between Bitcoin and fiat have figured out a system that works for us. For example, I use GDAX. But there's a learning curve, you have to link up your bank accounts, and if you're interested in any coins besides LTC, ETH, and BTC, you then have to involve another exchange like BitTrex. Each time you send BTC from one place to another, you lose on transaction fees, and you also take risks on prices fluctuating while waiting for your transaction to confirm.

5. S-L-O-W block confirm times are a real deal breaker. Who's going to wait ten or twenty minutes at the grocery store with their ice cream and meat on a hot day while the cashier is waiting for the customer's BTC deposit to confirm? A minute block confirm time is much better, but that's still not instant, and most people are used to instant when it comes to money transfers (except when it comes to ACH and international wire transfers, on those points BTC does far better than fiat).

6. Volatility is a serious issue for everyday use. Those who originally mined Bitcoin are sitting in profit no matter what the price of BTC does, but anyone who bought in late 2017 is still sitting on a significant loss. I've recently seen the price of BTC rise or fall $300 in one day, and if you're running a business with tight margins that won't work.

7. Having to keep up with everything from latest technology to exchange rates makes it really hard to just use cryptocurrency of any kind as money is used. Imagine if you had to keep up with all that stuff when it came to your national currency. Monetary development is certainly interesting but most of us really just want to use our money and be confident that we can use it again the next day without having to deal with major changes in its value, pathway, and means of storage. There are certainly those changes in our national currencies, but they tend to be slow and you have plenty of time to adjust, and for the most part the old ways still work for many years after a change. Think about how you can still write a check or pay in cash even years after debit cards have been developed, or how you can still slide your non chip credit card even in a chip card reader, etc. But with cryptocurrencies, you might go to your wallet to pay someone and find it won't work until you update it, or worse, the particular coin that you ignored for six months has now become worthless because the development team hit a snag and they all moved on.

There are some altcoins that are working to address these and other adoption issues, or at least claiming to in their ICO whitepapers. I would recommend reading up on how various legitimate groups are seeking to address these issues, because cryptocurrencies will not be widely used until these challenges get resolved for the potential casual user.
Thanks for this (and other posters') insite. It would(will) be an interesting challenge to find a way of depicting a solution to these problems, or at least visualising its impact.
206  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: CRYPTO ARTIST sharing and exploring with Bitcointalk on: June 08, 2018, 11:27:01 AM
Thanks man.
I was already thinking about engaging in altcoins in the near future. I also expect to do commissions as soon as I get established a bit further and finish what I have started.
Right now I'm completing a piece that I will hopefully post here next week. It's subject matter is in a completely other direction so I'm pretty excited about how you guys are gonna take it.

I'll keep you up to date here, cheers.
207  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Top 5 examples of BTC adoption on: June 03, 2018, 02:32:18 PM
Asking for advice:

I am a crypto artist and I want to visualize the way BTC is being or should be adapted in the most suitable way. (Example of my work:
I feel this is beneficial to the entire community and I want to make it a group effort. I want some of my future paintings to envision a world in which cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin are fully excepted and used.

What do you think the top 5 ways of adoption are or will be?

208  Economy / Goods / Re: [RENT] Apartments in beautiful place Baka in Croatia on: May 27, 2018, 03:58:59 PM
I've been to Baka and the island of Krk a couple of times. It'a a really nice place with great beaches and stralling paths.
Can't wait to go there again!
209  Economy / Goods / BITCOIN VS LITECOIN in artwork form on: May 27, 2018, 03:31:38 PM

These are the two painting I used for the above gifs:

210  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Ways to improve Bitcoin Community on: May 23, 2018, 01:41:41 PM
One of the many ways to improve the Bitcoin community is empowering it through identity. And one of the best ways of doing that is through ART, which develops deeper connections with various aspects of the whole Bitcoin scene. A few artists have already explored this world and I've joined them in late 2017.
I am a visual artist and have so far reinvented the Rollercoaster guy meme and made three paintings using acrylics, golden and silver leafs. In this way I transformed a temporal (but very well produced image by Brainless tales) image into monuments that will help members of our community get empowered and reconnected and also send the broader audience a  message of what Bitcoin is becoming.
I've also depicted the semi-ironic "Bitcoin miner" that connects several hot themes from the community: mining, hodling, to the moon and the precious symbol of Bitcoin.
By having images of these pieces and quality gifs around the nets, I work to help strenghten the whole crypto world. And everyone that buys one of these paintings (via cryptocurrencies of course) will have one of these monuments at home. They are condensed memoirs of an era, when the whole transaction world changed.

Since I'm not here to spam my stuff here's the thread I post my works in:
211  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: CRYPTO ARTIST sharing and exploring with Bitcointalk on: May 20, 2018, 05:43:32 PM
Thanks for the praise dudes!
Most of the pieces above are still on sale on Bitify via the Sha256art gallery, here's the links:

They are all original works, but some of them will at some point get reproduced as posters.
The Rollercoaster guy might get reimagined a couple of times more, but I'm more interested in other aspects of the Crypto culture. I'll post new content here as soon as it's done to a presentable degree.

And yes, gold is pretty wacky and I get why it had such value all these centuries. It's a bit ironic, that I use it to amplify the effect of a digital currency that's kinda its opposition.
212  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Im a crypto artist and I wish to share and explore with you on: May 12, 2018, 06:00:13 PM
Let me give you a quick tour on the gilding process. It started as almost a joke and soon became something of a fetish. Which is easy to understand as every step of gilding seems like putting together golden legos to build a lambo.

I start by drawing the precise shape and fashioning it in 3d if necessary by using a two-component thick paste.

Then I apply colored glue on the working surface (I can't work on all of it at once as it dries way too fast), using different colors for gold and silver leafs. I apply leafs immediately after that, using soft brush tips and paper to kinda slide them on the working surface.

I use brushes to remove leftovers (everything not glued). Then I find pieces of gold and silver all around the place, in my bin and toilet. High society shit right there.

Sometimes I have to redo some parts to get extra golden or silver effect, but mostly I stand back and enjoy the view.
And make photos from different angles and in different light arrangements.

Hope you enjoyed this short walkthrough, there'll be more stuff like this in the future.

213  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Im a crypto artist and I wish to share and explore with you on: May 07, 2018, 07:20:59 AM
Acrylics and Golden leafs on Canvas, 111x91cm/43,7x35,8
I'll send you a PM with info about the price.

Could you send me the price for that piece as well?
PM sent
214  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Im a crypto artist and I wish to share and explore with you on: May 04, 2018, 10:01:43 PM
what material is the mining guy one on? what size? how much?

Acrylics and Golden leafs on Canvas, 111x91cm/43,7x35,8
I'll send you a PM with info about the price.
215  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Im a crypto artist and I wish to share and explore with you on: May 04, 2018, 06:44:58 PM
What are your thoughts on crypto art so far?
I really liked the 2nd style. The only thing that I didn't like about it, was having two different textures (the blending part for BTCitcoin and everything else, is a bit weird [unnatural x natural]).
- For what it's worth, it's a cool effect (just not my style).
That gif is derived from "The Bitcoin Miner" piece and the Bitcoin itself was made using 23 Karat golden leafs. It certainly makes the texture look a bit alien in contrast to acrylics, but I felt that it should. Bitcoin in today's world IS that unique.

Anyway, thanks for the likes guys, there's more on the way.
216  Other / Off-topic / Post your favorite visual artists (painting, illustration, graphitty...) on: May 02, 2018, 03:59:22 PM
I am exploring crypto painting and am wondering what kind of visual art you guys like best.

I love works from Jackson Pollock,

H.R. Giger,

Pablo Picasso,

...and lots of others.

217  Economy / Service Discussion / CRYPTO ARTIST sharing and exploring with Bitcointalk on: May 01, 2018, 02:24:49 PM
Hello everybody.
Im a MFA painter and have in the past year become swallowed by the whole crypto thing. I bought a marginal amount of BTC, read and watch about it but most of all I draw and paint, which is what I do best.

Im excited to be here in what I believe to be the beginning of the big transaction change. I want to be part of its transformation and the positive, ever witty and dynamic network of people.
This is why I am here - I want to show you how far I got and ask you if you would help me on my way forward.

I love exploring various styles and techniques, and the crypto world has all the motifs I need. So far Ive explored a couple using real golden and silver leafs to add an edge to the visuals. Gold and Bitcoin just seem natural. Also, making gifs all day.

What are your thoughts on crypto art so far? Theres more and more pieces and artifacts out there. I intend to make mine as proper as possible, but what is a good crypto piece for you? What themes should me and other artists explore, are memes in pop-art form a thing?

I wish to form myself as a crypto artist with your participation. As a return favor Im sure visualising some of your ideas might be worth your effort!
Anyway, its good to be here, I hope we strike a debate, cheers!
218  Other / Off-topic / Re: What is your vision of a perfect future? on: April 30, 2018, 08:35:54 AM
Having some sociological/psychological/humanitarian/monetary revolution finally making the developed world folks satisfied and happy and helping the entire world be better.
219  Other / Off-topic / Re: Would YOU choose to live forever? on: April 30, 2018, 08:22:45 AM
I don't think people are psychologically strong enough to endure much longer than we do naturally without becoming crazily depressed or just mad. The life cycle, that we are used to from millenia of evolution got it just right.
I've imagined myself living very long many times and at the beginning it seems ok, but after everyone you are fond of dies around you and you see it all repeating all the time it would become such a big burden like a hell of sorts, at least I feel that would happen to me.
So no, please let me die like my ancestors died.
220  Other / Off-topic / Re: Do you Think we Are alone in the Universe? on: April 29, 2018, 05:28:30 PM
What do you mean by "we"?
If by "we" you mean any form of life as it exists on earth, then I'd say there's a marginal chance that somewhere in our known universe something similar as the simplest form of life on earth might have developed. Anything more complex I think is out of the question. Like if by "we" you mean humans I'd say absolutely no way, the way we evolved was a 1 in a gazillion.
It doesn't make us very special, just particular. There are many ways life (meaning, complex entity being able to manipulate its surroundings by its internal efforts) might come to be, but there are also just as many forms it might take.
It might, for example, be to small or big for us to notice or live so fast or slow we can't grasp it as a living thing.
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